Religio Medici: A Letter to a Friend, Christian Morals, Urn-burial, and Other Papers, Volume 2

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Ticknor and Fields, 1862 - Christian ethics - 432 pages

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Page 239 - He prayeth well, who loveth well Both man and bird and beast. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
Page 34 - which they swerve not since. That under force Of that controlling ordinance they move, And need not his immediate hand who first Prescribed their course, to regulate it now. The Lord of all, himself through all diffused, Sustains and is the life of all that lives. Nature is but a name for an effect, Whose cause is God.
Page 128 - Self-love but serves the virtuous mind to wake, As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; The centre moved, a circle straight succeeds, Another still, and still another spreads; Friend, parent, neighbour, next it will embrace, His country next, and next all human race; Wide and more wide the o'erflowings of the mind Take every creature in of every kind.
Page 350 - arches, obelisks, were but the irregularities of vainglory and wild enormities of ancient magnanimity. But the most magnanimous resolution rests in the Christian religion, which trampleth upon pride, and sits on the neck of ambition, humbly pursuing that infallible perpetuity, unto which all others must diminish their diameters, and be poorly seen in angles of contingency.
Page 144 - I am the image of God, as well as Scripture: he that understands not thus much, hath not his introduction or first lesson, and is yet to begin the alphabet of man. Let me not injure the felicity of others, if I say I am as happy as any:
Page 5 - are many things delivered rhetorically, many expressions therein merely tropical, and as they best illustrate my intention ; and therefore also there are many things to be taken in a soft and flexible sense, and not to be called unto the rigid test of reason. Lastly, all that is contained therein is in submission unto maturer
Page 152 - Man is God's image ; but a poor man is Christ's stamp to boot: both images regard. God reckons for him, counts the favour His: Write, So much given to God: thou shall be heard." without poverty, take away the object of charity, not only not understanding the common- St
Page 117 - and selected persons: there is surely a physiognomy, which those experienced and master mendicants observe, whereby they instantly discover a merciful aspect, and will single out a face wherein they spy the signatures and marks of mercy. For there are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our
Page 68 - piece between corporal and spiritual essence, that middle form that links those two together, and makes good the method of God and nature, that jumps not from extremes, but unites the incompatible distances by some middle and participating natures. That we are the breath Gen. i. 26, and similitude of God, it is indisputable and
Page 32 - carry with us the wonders we seek without us : there is all Africa and her prodigies in us ; we are that bold and adventurous piece of nature, which he that studies wisely learns in a compendium, what others labour at in a divided piece and endless volume. Nature a XVI.' Thus there are two books from whence

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